The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.

Gastrointestinal Upset-

Upset stomach with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea is usually caused by one of a number of viruses or by gastrointestinal infection from contaminated or spoiled food. Vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid and severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in infants and young children, so always consult immediately with your health care provider if your baby or young child vomits more than once, has frequent diarrhea stools or is unable to take fluids in. An older child can be treated with simple measures, but the health care provider should be consulted for repeated vomiting, persistent diarrhea, inability to keep fluids down or signs of dehydration (thirst, dry lips and mouth, concentrated urine) . A fever will bring on dehydration more rapidly in any age group. In all cases of gastrointestinal upset, be sure that everyone washes their hands well to prevent the spread of viral or bacterial infection.

The best treatment for vomiting in the older child is to give 1 tablespoons of liquid (water or electrolyte replacement drinks) every 15 minutes. The small amount of fluid given regularly will help to prevent further vomiting and provides 2 oz of fluid every hour. If there is no further vomiting then the amount of fluid taken can increase, followed by broth, and then light foods.

For diarrhea in the older child, stop solid foods and milk and give liquids for 12-24 hours. Reintroduce foods slowly, starting with ripe banana, applesauce, white rice, and pureed cooked carrots. Carob powder or apple pectin mixed with a little water can help slow diarrhea by adsorbing the liquid in the stool.

Herb of Choice-
Green tea- high in tannins which will have an astringent action on the intestinal tract. Steep the tea for 15 minutes and give frequent sips.

Other herbs- Dried Bilberries, Red Raspberry Leaf, Goldenseal

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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